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Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Microsoft speaks out on government investigation

Microsoft has addressed allegations that its partners are being investigated by the U.S. government for engaging in illegal activity, saying that it will “cooperate fully in any government inquiries.”

The company’s vice president and deputy general counsel John Frank said in a company blog post that the company is aware of allegations its business partners have engaged in illegal activity and that Microsoft itself may be implicated in some of the incidents.

News of the investigation was first reported Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal, which cited anonymous “people familiar with the matter” who said people associated with the company had bribed foreign government officials to receive software contracts. The Justice Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, the report said, are investigating bribery accusations in China, and certain Microsoft relationships in Romania and Italy.

Frank said in the post that Microsoft could not comment on ongoing inquiries, but did stress that the company enforces compliance from every employee at the company.

“Our responsibility is to take steps to train our employees, and to build systems to prevent and detect violations, and when we receive allegations, to investigate them fully and take appropriate action,” Frank said. “We take that responsibility seriously.”

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